NEW CASTLE COUNTY POLICE ARREST NEWARK MAN FOR SHOOTING INTO AN OCCUPIED RESIDENCE.

(Newark, De 19702) On Friday (July 6), New Castle County Police Patrol Officers were dispatched to the unit block of Hanna Drive, in the community of Piermont Woods for the report of multiple shots fired.

When they arrived at the scene the officers located numerous bullet holes in a car and a residence.  The homeowners were home with their family-including young children. No injuries were reported.

Detectives from the Criminal Investigations Unit arrived on scene and assumed the investigation. During the course of the investigation, witnesses observed a silver vehicle with duct tape.

With the public’s assistance, detectives from the New Castle County Police Special Investigations Squad were able to locate the vehicle yesterday, (July 12). The vehicle was located in the community of Sparrow Run in the unit block of Plover Circle.

Officers were then able to stop the vehicle on Rt 40 as it exited Sparrow Run.  From this car stop, additional evidence was discovered to further implicate the driver, 24-year-old Nathaniel Harmon.

Nathaniel Harmon was taken into custody and transported to New Castle County Headquarters.  Nathaniel Harmon was charged with 1 count felony Possession of a Firearm During the Commission of a Felony, felony Possession of a Firearm by a Person Prohibited, felony Possession of Ammunition by a Person Prohibited, felony Carrying a Concealed Deadly Weapon (Firearm), 6 counts of felony Reckless Endangering 1st degree, two counts of misdemeanor Criminal Mischief and Failure to Use a Turn Signal.

Nathaniel Harmon was arraigned by Justice of the Peace Court 2 and held in lieu of $145,501.00 cash-only bail.

nathaniel Harmon

Nathaniel Harmon

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ALAPOCAS VANDALS ARRESTED

(Wilmington, De 19803)  Last Sunday, (July 8) New Castle County Police patrol officers were dispatched to the New Castle County Maintenance Yard in Alapocas for a Burglary Alarm.  When the officers arrived they saw that the entire yard had been ransacked.  The officers saw that windshields were smashed on multiple New Castle County maintenance vehicles, graffiti spray-painted on the walls of the structures.  They also noticed various tools, chairs, and soda cans were strewn about the area.

Due to the extensive amount of damage, detectives from the New Castle County Police Criminal Investigation Unit arrived and assumed the investigation.

Yesterday, (July 10) after the extensive investigation, the detectives were able to arrest 21-year-old Joseph Knapp on New Castle and 18-year-old Eric Burch of Wilmington and charge them with this incident.

Both were charged with felony Burglary 3rd, felony Criminal Mischief $5000 or more, felony Conspiracy 2nd and misdemeanor Theft.   Both subjects were arraigned at Justice of the Peace Court 2 and held in lieu of $4000 secured bail.

 

 

Joseph Knapp                                           Eric Burch

 

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NEW CASTLE COUNTY POLICE K-9 LOCATES MISSING AUTISTIC CHILD.

(Newark, DE 19711) Today,  (July 7)  at approximately 2 p.m.  patrol officers from the New Castle County Police were dispatched to the unit block of  East Richards Lane, Newark for a missing 7 year old autistic child.

The child’s mother reported that the child was last seen inside the residence about 15 minutes prior to her calling the police.  The officers also learned that the child likes the woods and water but cannot swim.

The officers then located footprints leading into the wooded area.  New Castle County Police K-9 Ace and his handler started tracking from these foot prints and headed into the tree line.

K-9 Ace tracked into the large wooded area between Richards Lane and Old Coach Rd. After tracking for some time they came upon a couple walking a dog who had found a pair of child’s sneakers. The couple reported that they saw a child matching the description of the missing juvenile about 15 minutes earlier.

According to his handler, K-9 Ace was able to get a better scent from the sneakers and  started tracking again on the path through the woods heading towards Polly Drummond Hill Rd.  After some time, K-9 Ace and his handler saw the child running over a small wooden bridge.

The child was hesitant to come to the officers at first, but was very interested in K-9 Ace.  The handler allowed the child to pet K-9 Ace on his back and hold onto K-9 Ace’s rear harness handle to help make the child more comfortable.  During the long walk back the child became comfortable enough to be given a piggy back ride by one of the officers.  When they came to the closest parking lot (Judge Morris Estates), they were all given rides back to Richard’s Lane by other awaiting officers.

The distance was close to a mile of wooded and hilly terrain from the child’s residence to where the child was found.

ACE

K-9 ACE

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NEW CASTLE COUNTY POLICE ENCOUNTER NUMEROUS PARKING VIOLATIONS IN BEAVER VALLEY.

(Wilmington 19803) Yesterday (July 4), New Castle County Police Patrol Officers were dispatched to the area of the First State National Park for parking violations along Beaver Valley Road and Smith Bridge Road.

While they were there, the officers wrote 35 vehicles parking citations and were forced to tow two vehicles because of their position on the road.

Citizens are reminded to heed all traffic and parking signs.  Strict enforcement will continue in this area as well as areas throughout the County.

Anyone with questions is welcome to visit the parks website:

https://www.nps.gov/frst/planyourvisit/beaver-valley.htm

GOLD ALERT ISSUED FOR A MISSING NEW CASTLE WOMAN-WANDA CAMPBELL.

New Castle County Police are currently searching for 52 year-old Wanda Campbell.

(New Castle, Del. 19720) Today, New Castle County Police were to the unit block of Mifflin Drive, in the community of West Minquadale, reference to the report of a missing person. Police learned that Wanda Campbell left the residence after an argument and as she was leaving she made statements that caused a concern for her welfare.

Wanda Campbell is a white female, 5’03”, 145 pounds and shoulder-length black hair. She has brown eyes and was last seen wearing a dark short -sleeved shirt and dark shorts.

Police are asking anyone with information on the whereabouts of Wanda Campbell to please contact New Castle County Police by dialing (302) 573-2800 or visit our website at http://www.NCCPD.com.

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Wanda Campbell

 

NEW CASTLE COUNTY POLICE RESPOND TO MULTIPLE INCIDENTS INVOLVING SWIMMING POOLS.

(Claymont, DE 19703) This evening (July 4), at approximately  7:30 p.m., New Castle County Police Patrol Officers  were dispatched to the unit block of Franklin Avenue in the community of Claymont Terrace  for a missing 4-year old child.

Upon arrival, the officers interviewed family members.  After a brief search, the child was located in the family’s swimming pool by the patrol officers.  The officers initiated CPR, and the child was transported to a local hospital by Emergency Medical Services.  The child was in critical condition at the time of this release.

This incident followed another swimming pool incident that occurred this afternoon on the unit block of Christiana Road.

Also today, at approximately 5:50 p.m., New Castle County Patrol Officers and Paramedics were dispatched to this unit block for a 15-year old male who was rescued from the water by a lifeguard, who was performing CPR on the victim.  This juvenile was also transported to a local hospital and also listed in critical condition at the time of this release.

The New Castle County Police insist that you take the following safety measures when your child is going to be around any bodies of water.

  • Never leave a child unattended near water in a pool, tub, bucket or ocean. There is no substitute for adult supervision.
  • Designate a “Water Watcher” to maintain constant watch over children in the pool during gatherings.
  • The home should be isolated from the pool with a fence at least 60” tall, with a self-closing, self-latching gate. The gate should open away from the pool, and should never be propped open.
  • Doors and windows should be alarmed to alert adults when opened. Doors should be self-closing and self-latching.
  • Keep a phone at poolside so that you never have to leave the pool to answer the phone, and can call for help if needed.
  • Learn CPR and rescue breathing.
  • Keep a life-saving ring, shepherd’s hook and CPR instructions mounted at poolside.
  • Do not use flotation devices as a substitute for supervision.
  • If a child is missing, always check the pool first. Seconds count.
  • Remove toys from in and around the pool when not in use.
  • Instruct babysitters about potential pool hazards, and emphasize the need for constant supervision.
  • Responsibilities of pool ownership include ensuring children in the home learn to swim, and that adults know CPR.
  • Do not consider children “drown-proof” because they’ve had swimming lessons.